in the middle of


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in the middle of (something or some place)

1. Literally, physically located at the center of something or some place. We're in the middle of the crowd, so it will take us a while to push our way out. Listening to my music, I wandered until I realized I was in the middle of the woods, with no idea which path I took.
2. During, in the midst of, or while currently engaging in something, such as an activity. I'm in the middle of a meeting right now, can I call you back? Then, right in the middle of the concert, he walked offstage.
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in the middle of

1. Also, in the midst of. During, while engaged in, as in He stopped him in the middle of his speech, or I'm in the midst of calculating my income tax. The first expression dates from about 1600, the second from about 1500. Also see in the midst.
2. in the middle of nowhere. In a very remote location, as in We found a great little hotel, out in the middle of nowhere. [Early 1900s]
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in the middle

1. In a difficult situation: caught in the middle of a controversy.
2. Engaged in doing something: I'm in the middle of making dinner.
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He got in the middle of the pack, with tiny feet poking at the ball all around him, and took a swipe at the ball himself.
Woken up in the middle of the night, they were transported several hours by van to make the morning docket in Baltimore.
I think it's absolutely phenomenal that this small group has been able to raise almost $60,000 based on a piece of raw land in the middle of the desert,'' said Tom Craft, committee chairman.
Recent Middle Eastern immigrants had their houses searched in the middle of the night and their family members interrogated and secretly detained.
He was caught in the middle of a firestorm of debate after the Infineon Raceway event in Sonoma, where Robby Gordon passed him under a caution flag and went on to win the race, thus breaking a gentlemen's agreement between drivers not to pass under yellow.
who is in charge of Canseco's Web site, has been taking inventory of mementos owned by the six-time All-Star who retired in the middle of the 2002 season just 38 homers short of 500.
We used to get calls right in the middle of town but now we don't handle very many at all,'' said Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control Lt.
There are times Gomez has to get up in the middle of the night to make sure she is still breathing, and other days when she is so physically drained he has to spoonfeed her.
One woman who asked not to be identified said she and her family often suffered from unexplained sore throats, and at times woke up in the middle of the night with a dry cough.